Shey Phoksundo lake trek [homestay special]

Welcome to Dolpa (डोल्पा)

"The big question is whether you are able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." - Joseph Campbell

Photo credits:
::Lenz and Lilly

your private Homestay trek

Lower Dolpa

11 days


3,460 meter

guide, porter and cook

homestay & tent

about the route

Dolpa is a remote and spectacular corner of the Himalaya, and is isolated from the rest of Nepal by high passes in the south. This homestay trek in untouched Dolpa is truly a unique experience. You get the opportunity to be the guest to locals as you'll be taken into their home. As a result we also join meals together in their kitchen. And when we explore the villages and surrounding fields we probably are accompanied by curious children.

The two highlights of this trek are our time in the village of Majhphal and in Ringmo by Phoksundo Lake.

In Majhphal you feel what life is like in Dolpa as we're the guests in the home of locals. In this village the Tibetan-style houses are closely packed together. Furthermore the houses are often stacked atop another up the hill and share common roofs. People, even little children, climb from one level to another via the carved log ladders outside the houses. These villagers mostly live off their land and cattle.

To reach Phoksundo Lake we follow the Suli Khola river from Dunai, all the way up to Ringmo. This is a village that's located on a 30,000 to 40,000 year-old landslide dam. As a result this dam formed the lake on the north side and on the south side of the dam the water of the lake plunges down a 167 meter tall waterfall.

alternative trekking route

Looking for a bit more adventure? Take a look at our Dolpa Circuit trek in which you make a full round trek. As a result we visit the village Dho Tarap and cross two mountain passes. Both are over 5,000 meters high.


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[tabby title="in a nutshell"]

day 01 | Flight or bus ride to Nepalgunj.

day 02 | Flight to Juphal (2,475m) and trek to homestay village Majhphal - 3/4 hrs.

day 03 | Explore Majhphal.

day 04 | Trek to Dunai (2,145m) - 3/4 hrs.

day 05 | Trek to Shyanta (2,520m) - 6/7 hrs.

day 06 | Trek to Rechi (2,940m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 07 | Trek to Ringmo (3,460m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 08 | Explore Ringmo and Phoksundo Lake (3,611m).

day 09 | Trek to Chhepka (2,520m) - 6/7 hrs.

day 10 | Trek back to Juphal (2,475m).

day 11 | Flight to Nepalgunj with a connecting flight to Kathmandu or spend a night in the hotel in Nepalgunj and drive back to Kathmandu in a luxury bus.



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On my very first day in Nepal, back in 2013, I met Govinda and we've been best (!) friends ever since. Govinda and I have been on quite some treks in Nepal together and traveled in Sir Lanka and Europe as well. And now we also work together with by Mountain People. Back in the Netherlands I take care of the website and I am always planning a next stay in Nepal. But hey ... what are you up to? :)